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White Sox and Cubs fans don't agree on many things, but they all seem to understand that the annual city series usually lives up to the hype, no matter which team comes out on top.
This year's series, which the White Sox won 4-2, was no different. Clutch home runs, inspiring comebacks, sensational catches and stunning decisions made the 2003 series one to remember.
Here's our list of the best and worst of this year's White Sox-Cubs showdown:
Best performance: Jose Valentin showed why he remains the heart and soul of the White Sox. Valentin hit .333 (7-for-21) with a game-winning home run in Game 4 at U.S. Cellular Field and four RBIs. "We came here to win," Valentin said. "We didn't come here to get publicity."
Worst performance: In Game 1 at Wrigley, Shawn Estes put the Cubs in a 6-0 hole, walking four of the first seven batters he faced before serving up a grand slam to Miguel Olivo. Estes lasted one inning, throwing 52 pitches in a 12-3 loss.
Worst decision: In Game 2 at Wrigley, Cubs third-base coach Wendell Kim waved Damian Miller home from first base on a Ramon Martinez double, sending Miller to his impending doom. The Cubs wound up losing by one run, and Kim took all the heat for the loss.
Best acceptance speech: Kim again, thanking Cubs players and the team for supporting him after his decision to send Miller home in the previous day's game. Like Sally Field accepting her second Oscar by proclaiming, "You like me, you really like me," Kim unapologetically shed tears of joy after the Cubs won Game 3 at Wrigley.
Best catch: With the Cubs leading by two runs in the seventh inning of Game 5 on the South Side, Sammy Sosa went high over the right-field wall to rob Valentin of a three-run home run. It would have been a game-saving catch had Antonio Alfonseca not blown the save.
Worst throw: Left fielder Tom Goodwin's throw to the plate on Valentin's sacrifice fly in the second inning of Game 6 barely made it to the infield grass. "I don't have that strong of any arm anyway," Goodwin conceded. "My foot slipped when I landed. I wouldn't have gotten him out. I'm definitely not out there for my throwing ability."
Best quote: Sox catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. on Sosa wearing earplugs before batting practice before Game 4 at the Cell: "I wasn't sure if it was an earplug or cork coming out of his head."
Worst quote: Dusty Baker on whether the Sox players take the series more seriously than the Cubs: "This is no different than any other day." Tell that to nine million Chicagoans, Dusty.
Best baserunning: Magglio Ordonez tagged up and advanced to second on a long flyout by Carlos Lee in the ninth inning of Game 5 on the South Side, getting in position to score the winning run on D'Angelo Jimenez's single. Maybe he can teach Jimenez how to play winning baseball.
Worst second-guessing: After losing the first two games at Wrigley, Cubs fans complained on sports-talk radio that Baker didn't alter his rotation to start Kerry Wood and Mark Prior against the Sox. "People think you can just shuffle rotations around and pitch guys when they want," Wood said. "This isn't fast-pitch softball."
Best last act: In his final start as a member of the White Sox, Buffalo Grove native Josh Paul throws out Goodwin at second with one out in the ninth and the Sox holding a one-run lead in Game 2 at Wrigley. "This series means a little bit more to me," Paul said. Two days later, Paul was outrighted and became a free agent.
Worst trend: Bootleg T-shirts making light of the Sosa corked bat incident, few of which are clever. In a few months, they'll be put in mothballs next to their parents' "Insane Coho Lips" T-shirts from the late 1970s. Major League Baseball is investigating a possible trademark violation from a T-shirt which uses the Cubs logo but has the word "Cork" instead of "Cubs."